It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way

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Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad have dreamily teamed up to tell a beautiful biographical story of the wonderfully acclaimed author, artist and illustrator Gyo Fujikawa.

The story of Fujikawa’s early years as a budding artist, a hopeful young girl surrounded by the dreams and strength of a family who suffered and survived, and the resilience of hope and hard, important work are all themes in It Began with a Page.

Fujikawa was a little girl who often felt unseen, unrepresented, in many arenas but who ultimately used her gifts to shake and wake up old ways of thinking into new positive, inclusive ways. She is widely known as the pioneer for incorporating children of different races into her artwork before it was common in the publishing world.

McClear’s poetic prose is coupled flawlessly with Morstad’s clean and vivid drawings, which highly resemble the style of Fujikawa. They have committed to a many-layered story and while sharing the original story have also managed to expertly weave their own interpretations into the piece, poetry and black and white and color choices all lend to a deeper telling. The end of the book offers a marvelous timeline and read-worthy notes.

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Author Kyo Maclear
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 48 pages
Publisher HarperCollins Children's
Publish Date 2019-10-08
ISBN 9780062447623
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Issue October 2019
Category Children's


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